Are other people’s wars really our wars?

Saturday 31st January 2015
Prof Michael Clarke, Director General, Royal United Services Institute
Britain has deployed forces to 11 different wars since the Cold War came to an end in 1991 and spent around £45 billion fighting in them. None of these wars was a direct threat to the territory, or the people, of the United Kingdom. What was the strategic rationale for military involvement, did it work, and does the rationale still apply? The presentation will also consider the ways Britain might defend its values and interests in light of current challenges and insecurities.

Michael Clarke is currently the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute and is also Visiting Professor of Defence Studies at King’s College London. He previously taught international politics at Universities on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Bribery. He is the UK member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s National Security Forum and in 2010 to the Chief of Defence Staff’s new Strategic Advisory Group. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel on Defence for UK Trade and Industry.